This past month, attorney John Arechigo of Arechigo & Stokka, P.A. successfully had threats of violence charges against a client dropped by the prosecution. The client, a 21-year-old female college student, was accused of making threats directed at classmates in October 2019. Two students in one of the client’s classes reported that she allegedly stated that she was so...

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Arechigo & Stokka Receive Win in Minnesota Cyberbullying Case

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In June, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling reversing the cyberbullying conviction of a high school student that has been working its way through the court system for the last three years. The student, identified in court documents as A.J.B., was originally charged under Minnesota’s mail-harassment laws. The case, which involved a series of tweets containing insults mocking...

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Jury Finds Client Not Guilty of Threats of Violence

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We recently wrapped up a week-long jury trial representing a client who was charged with a single count of Threats of Violence. This offense was formerly known as Terroristic Threats.  It’s a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. OUR CLIENT Our client was a 37-year-old male. This was his first criminal offense of...

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Minnesota Criminal Vehicular Operation Case Result

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We’d like to tell you about a recent client we represented who was charged with felony criminal vehicular operation. First off, a little background on Minnesota’s Criminal Vehicular Operation (CVO) laws. Minnesota’s Criminal Vehicular Operation Laws Criminal Vehicular Operation is found in Minnesota Statute 609.2113. The offense can be charged as either a gross misdemeanor or a felony. The severity of a CVO...

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Second Degree DWI Charges Dismissed

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2ND DEGREE DWI CHARGES DISMISSED Minnesota DWI lawyer, John Arechigo, recently achieved a dismissal of all charges for a client facing multiple 2nd Degree DWI charges in Scott County.  The client was facing a minimum of 90 days in jail.  After a thorough investigation into the case, which included review of several squad video recordings, it became clear that...

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Minnesota Criminal Defamation Appeal

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UPDATE CRIMINAL DEFAMATION As previously discussed, we have been fighting the constitutionality of the Minnesota Criminal Defamation statute for some time.   After we successfully obtained a full dismissal of all charges for a client in Blue Earth County, we picked up another Criminal Defamation case out of Isanti County.   The prosecutors held firm in that case and refused...

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Defamation and Stalking Charges Dismissed

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The Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office recently dismissed charges of Minnesota Criminal Defamation and Stalking against a client.  This case was discussed in an earlier blog post, which you can find here. The charges stemmed from an email sent by the client that commented on an individual’s sexual preferences and activities and also contained a nude photograph of the individual....

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Another Expungement Granted

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RAMSEY COUNTY EXPUNGEMENT Minnesota criminal defense lawyer John Arechigo recently obtained another expungement for a former client.  The former conviction was only for a misdemeanor theft, so there’s nothing particularly extraordinary about getting a misdemeanor theft expunged.  What was different about this case, however, is that the expungement followed a dismissal after the client successfully completed the Ramsey County...

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Felony Minnesota Expungement Granted

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MINNESOTA EXPUNGEMENT As some of you may know, a new Minnesota expungement law took effect January 1, 2015.  This new Minnesota expungement law, commonly referred to as the “second chance law,” has made obtaining an expungement much more realistic to many more people.  Prior to the new law, courts were limited in the type of expungement relief they could grant. Our lawyer recently obtained a...

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Felony Charges Dropped

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A CLIENT’S FELONY CHARGES WERE DROPPED BY THE RAMSEY COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TODAY. The client was facing felony animal cruelty charges.  The charges stemmed from a falling out the client had with a former roommate.  The ex-roommate left behind a bunch of personal belongings, including a pet python snake. After my client and his wife asked the ex-roommates to...

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